Jennifer Stayton

Host, Morning Edition

I feel very lucky to have been born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. An English teacher at my high school, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, once suggested to the class that we tune in to KUT 90.5 for Paul Ray’s “Twine Time.” I have been a public radio fan ever since.

My original career path – Psychology – took a back seat to radio after I started volunteering at the Williams College student radio station during my time there.

I have worked for commercial and public radio stations in sales, music, production, and news. I stopped along the way to get a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in Radio-Television-Film. I have been the anchor and host of “Morning Edition” on KUT since May of 2004.

When I am not napping (that 3:30 a.m. alarm comes awfully early during the week!) I enjoy time with my husband Charles, stepdaughter Samantha, and our cat and hamster. I also enjoy watching UT Longhorn football and and experiencing all that is cool about Austin.

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LBJ Civil Rights Summit
4:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights

Timothy A. Hazel, U.S. Navy

President Jimmy Carter is one of four U.S. presidents attending the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin this week.

President Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981, grew up in Southern Georgia during some of the worst days of Jim Crow. The 39th president of the U.S. is also promoting a new book, "Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power," in which he discusses what he calls discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide – what he calls "the most serious and unmet worldwide challenge" of our time.

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Winter Weather
4:46 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Another Round of Wintry Weather for Central Texas; AISD, UT and Others Delay Start Times

National Weather Service

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Central Texas, including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A winter weather advisory means periods of freezing rain, sleet, or even snow could cause some travel difficulties. We have about a 40% chance of a light wintry mix of precipitation during the morning. Read more for a list of delayed start times.

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Winter Weather
12:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory Canceled; Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead (Update)

Temperatures are expected to rise in the Austin area over the next few days.
National Weather Service

Update: Rain is expected to continue today through the Austin area but our chances of freezing precipitation have gone down considerably.

While sleet is still possible, forecasters don’t expect any of that frozen precipitation to accumulate.

Corey Van Pelt is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio. He says the outlook is warmer and drier as the week continues.

“It looks like by tomorrow afternoon this upper low moves through, so then we’ll get some drier weather behind it. It’ll still be cool though, Wednesday and Thursday mornings we’re expecting temperatures down in the 20's in the morning but then they warm back up into the 50's during the today. And it looks like by next weekend we’re back in the 60's, close to 70.”

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NPR
1:49 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Interview: The Outgoing 'Voice of NPR' on His Austin Ties

Frank Tavares won't be idle when his work as the "voice of NPR" is done. He is a professor of communication at Southern Connecticut State University and an author.
Richard Glinka

You know Frank Tavares. You just don't know that you know Frank Tavares.

For over 30 years, Tavares has been the authoritative but friendly voice of those NPR underwriting announcements. You know, the ones that say "Support for NPR comes from …"

Starting this month, Tavares will be stepping away from those duties to make way for a new voice. Sabrina Farhi, the new voice of NPR underwriting, will be based at the group's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tavares lives and teaches in Connecticut, and records the announcements remotely.

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Civic Life
7:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Life of the Civic Party: Austin-Based Institute Works to Get People More Involved

Some people prefer to keep their distance from politics, the Capitol, and civic life. A conference this weekend is one of many efforts try and get people more comfortable with participating.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Voting in elections. Volunteering. Calling up elected officials. All ways to be civically involved. All things that Texans don't exactly do in large numbers.

A study earlier this year by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin found Texas ranks near the bottom on almost every aspect of civic engagement. The state's civic health is bad. The Institute is gathering people together Saturday, Nov. 9, to try to come up with some good medicine.

Institute Director Regina Lawrence talked with KUT's Jennifer Stayton before the conference about how to best get people off the civic sidelines and into the game:

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Books
2:59 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism

Superman and author Larry Tye. Tye says part of Superman's appeal originates with the trials and tribulations of his creator.
Larry Tye

It's a bird … it's a plane … it's … you guessed it: Superman.

The high-flying Son of Krypton has been been a cultural force for 75 years and, while he's graced the panels of comic books and the silver screen, his humble beginnings and evolution over the years have reflected changing political and cultural tides, says Superman biographer Larry Tye.

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Music Industry
2:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life?

Gary Powell is a musician, producer and Senior Lecturer at UT’s Butler School of Music.
Ludwig sterling fotography

A little about Gary Powell: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That's a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says "money is good." And he is committed to helping his students at the University of Texas' Butler School of Music find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.

A Grammy-winner who’s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children's artist Joe Scruggs, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a "sustainable" career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.

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Ted Cruz
3:40 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz may have slowed down a Senate vote on funding for the Affordable Care Act, but he may have accelerated his own political career.
Ben Philpott, KUT News

After 21 hours of talking - whether it was an official filibuster or not is still up for debate - Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas departed the Senate floor Wednesday.

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Author Interviews
9:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

The Fight to Make Austin the State Capitol - And Keep It That Way

The majestic interior dome of the Texas state capitol building belies the rough and tumble fight to establish Austin not only as a city, but also the capital.
Filipa Rodriques/KUT News

Hard to imagine a city other than Austin as the capital of Texas, right? According to Austin author and historian (and doctor) Jeff Kerr, Austin's status as the capital city –  and just a city at all – was in peril several times after Texas declared its independence in 1836.

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Weather
7:23 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Central Texas Under Flash Flood Watch Through Tuesday Morning

We haven't had to worry about using umbrellas for awhile here in the Austin area. Rainy weather and cooler temps are predicted for the next few days.
Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Much of Central Texas, including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties, is under a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning. A flash flood watch means flash flooding is possible in or near the watch area.

The National Weather Service says parts of Central Texas can expect between an inch and three inches of rain during the watch period. But isolated patches of up to five inches of rain are not out of the question.

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History
5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Walter Cronkite's Grandson Talks About the Newsman’s World War II Letters Home

Walter Cronkite (on the far right) with flyers while he was working as a UPI correspondent during World War II. This photo is believed to be from 1944.
Photo courtesy of the Walter Cronkite papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Another day, and another dollar or two. This is a gloomy day with the skies unable to make up their minds about the whole thing. They look like they’re constipated with rain, but nothing happens. I know how they feel.”

So wrote journalist Walter Cronkite in one of the hundreds of letters he wrote home to his wife, Betsy, while he was working overseas as a war correspondent during World War II.

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Public Radio
11:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Listen: Neal Conan Reminisces as NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' Leaves the Airwaves

NPR's Neal Conan says his guest on the final installment of the call-in show "Talk of the Nation" will be journalist Ted Koppel.
2010 NPR by Doby Photography

NPR's Neal Conan talks with KUT's Jennifer Stayton about his almost 12-year run as host of "Talk of the Nation."

Neal Conan has been hosting National Public Radio's weekday afternoon call-in show "Talk of the Nation" since 2001. The 63-year-old journalist has been with NPR for over 30 years. He said one of the reasons he took the hosting job was because he figured after all those years, nothing could happen in a radio studio that would surprise him.

He was wrong.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Report: Dead Last in Voter Turnout, Texas Civic Health is 'Anemic'

U. S. Census Bureau survey data for 2010 rank Texas last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of eligible voters who went to the polls.
flickr.com/dawilson
  • Listen: Study looks at state's 'civic health'

A doctor who wants to determine a patient's health will gather all kinds of data - temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight, blood test results, and the like - to come up with an overall picture of how the patient is doing.

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin kind of did the same thing to determine the civic health of Texas. Bad news: this patient's not in good shape.

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Austin
4:36 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Cat Daddy Brings His "Cat Mojo" to Austin

Cat expert Jackson Galaxy says cats are all about territory and ownership. And if they feel their territory is threatened, they'll act out.
Charles Mead

Click to listen to Jennifer Stayton's extended interview with "cat-whisperer" Jackson Galaxy.

Everybody who has a cat, or knows someone who has a cat, has some version of "Cats Behaving Badly." Cats who pee around the house, cats who vomit anywhere and everywhere or cats who claw and scratch their way out of our hearts and perhaps our houses.

But why do cats do that?

Some say that's just cats being cats. Jackson Galaxy doesn't believe that. Galaxy has made a career out of being a cat "whisperer" and a cat "behaviorist." He's not really sure what to call his job, but he is sure he has a special connection to cats and can help humans and cats love more and claw less.

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Austin
10:27 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Central Texas Until 6:00 p.m. Saturday

The Memorial Day weekend is getting off to a wet start. The rain should taper off by late Saturday, though.
Nathan Bernier for KUT News

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Western Caldwell, Hays, and South Central Travis counties until 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A Flash Flood Warning means that flash flooding is already happening or highly likely in the warning area.

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